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Drawing Supplies

Browse the varied selection of drawing supplies available at Staples® to find the right tools for creating sketches. The right set of drawing implements to get depends on the user's skill level. While beginners and school-age kids only require basic tools, professionals need more precise and versatile art supplies in their drawing kits.

Essential Accessories to Get When Shopping for Drawing Supplies
The four essential drawing tools for budding artists are pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Regular pencils have solid cores made of graphite and charcoal. They are available in different hardness levels, with each producing lines of unique thickness and intensity. Manufacturers classify drawing pencils with an HB scale and a numerical scale. The number and H designation of a pencil describe the hardness of its graphite core. The harder the implement, the lighter it draws. B expresses the blackness of a pencil mark. Soft drawing pencils have markings ranging from B to 8B while hard ones bear HB to 5H.

There are three features artists have to look for when comparing drawing paper. These are texture, weight, and durability. Sketchbooks with a smooth texture are best for soft pencils. Choose acid-free sketch paper to make drawings last longer. For erasers, look for one that's soft and smooth. It should remove lines cleanly, leave little to no residue, and preserve the surface of drawing paper.

Choose an Artist Set for a Complete Collection of Drawing Supplies
Drawing sets contain all the supplies needed by most artists. These sets usually have multiple pencils and erasers. They may also include additional drawing implements like sketching pens and blending stumps. Pick a set of graphite pencils of different grades ranging from B (softest) to 5H (hardest). Mechanical pencils allow users to make small sketches and draw fine details. In addition to the grades of their lead cores, artists also consider tip fineness when selecting mechanical pencils. To do color drawings, consider a set of crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and/or chalk pastels.

What Charcoal Drawing Supplies Do Artists Need?
Charcoal is excellent for figure drawing and is available as stick, pencil, and in powder form. Charcoal pencils are for drawing fine details while the stick form is best for broad strokes and sketching on large canvases. There are three types of drawing charcoal. Willow charcoal is hard and brittle and puts down light lines that are easy to blend and rub off. Compressed charcoal draws thick lines and is suitable for shading but is difficult to erase or blend. Vine charcoal offers a good balance between willow and compressed varieties.

What Should You Look for in Art Pens When Shopping for Drawing Supplies?
Tips and ink types are important features to note when comparing drawing pens. Besides color, also consider the quality, opacity, flow, and drying speeds of the inks. The best drawing pens use quick-drying, fade-resistant, and waterproof archival inks.

Should Artists Get Specialty Paper When Ordering Drawing Supplies?
Yes and no. Any type of paper can serve as drawing paper. However, it is best to use the right paper for each drawing tool. For example, graphite and charcoal pencils sketch better on thick and coarse paper. Look for a sketchbook filled with smooth pages when drawing with pens, crayons, and markers.
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Melissa & Doug® Scratch Art® Deluxe Combo Set
Item : 919458 / Model : 5981
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  • Stencil with over 30 amazing shapes
  • 3 show-off easel frames
  • Medium and fine point stylus, 1 frame, instructions
17.99 $17.99
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Crayola® Washable Crayons, 24/Pack
Item : 452838 / Model : 52-6924
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  • 24 assorted washable colors
  • Ages: 4+ years
  • Non-toxic
2.5 $2.50 4.29 $4.29
24/Box
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Crayola® Twistables® Colored Pencils, 18/Pack
Item : 636184 / Model : 68-7418
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  • Clear barrels for easy color identification and viewing the twisting action
  • Lead doesn't need sharpening
  • Clear vinyl pouch for reusable storage
5.0 $5.00 6.59 $6.59
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Crayola® Colored Pencils, 12/Box
Item : 300525 / Model : 68-4012
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  • Full-length colored pencils
  • 3.3 mm
  • AP Certified Non-toxic
3.49 $3.49
12/Box
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Write Start Colored Pencils, 8/St
Item : 791582 / Model : 68-4108
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  • Extra-thick 5.3 mm tip
  • Six-sided shape
  • Eight bright colors with fun decorations on pencil barrel
4.99 $4.99
8/Box
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Sargent Art Colored Pencil Set, Assorted, 120/Pack
Item : 1610004 / Model : SAR227252
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  • Colored pencil set
  • Assorted set of 120 colored pencils
  • Suitable for ages 3-10
20.99 $20.99
120/Pack
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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 36 Pack
Item : 2070332 / Model : 92885T
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  • Colored pencils with soft, thick cores that are perfect for shading and shadows
  • Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
  • Premium wood barrels with thick, robust leads that resist cracking and chipping
59.99 $59.99
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Crayola® Washable Super Tips w/ Silly Scents, 50/Pack
Item : 923312 / Model : 58-5050
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  • Markers feature a comfortable grip, so they're easy to hold onto during long coloring sessions
  • Felt tips enable you to draw thick or thin lines
  • Safety Data Sheet
11.99 $11.99
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Crayola® Creativity Tub
Item : 573999 / Model : 04-5358
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  • Over 80 different items. Crayons, chalk, colored pencils, construction paper and more!
  • Clear, durable container provides storage and easy clean up when play time is over
  • Easy Clean Up, includes Washable paints and markers
17.89 $17.89
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Crayola® Ultimate Art Supply Kit
Item : 587603 / Model : 04-6814
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  • Includes 8 markers, 24 crayons, 12 colored pencils, 8 washable watercolors, paint brush, scissor, washable glue and 30 colored sheets of paper
  • All in one portable art studio and easel
  • Easy storage & portability
12.59 $12.59
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Prang® Colored Pencils
Item : SS421412
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  • 3.3mm thick, durable lead core
  • Pre-sharpened for immediate use
  • Rich, bright colors stand out and resist fading
As low as 4.29 $4.29
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Oil Pastels, 25 color set
Item : 871642 / Model : CK-9807
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  • Regular size sticks are 2" long x 1/3" diameter
  • 25 piece set
  • Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
6.29 $6.29
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Crayola® Colored Pencils Classpack®, 240/Box
Item : 424772 / Model : 68-8024
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  • Full-length colored pencils
  • 3.3-mm
  • AP Certified Non-toxic
38.89 $38.89
240/Carton
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Crayola® Eraseable Colored Pencils, 12/Pack
Item : 495889 / Model : 68-4412
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  • Pre-sharpened long pencils are strong and durable
  • 12 bright, intense assorted colors have smooth lay down
  • 3.3mm lead size
5.49 $5.49
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Sakura Pigma Micron All Black 8 Piece Pen Set
Item : 940795 / Model : 30067
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  • Archival quality ink is waterproof, chemical resistant and fade resistant
  • Ink will not bleed and is quick drying
  • Black Ink
18.09 $18.09
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Twistables® Colored Pencils, 12/St
Item : 589737 / Model : 68-7408
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  • AP certified non-toxic
  • Pencil barrels do not get shorter with use
  • Clear barrel provides view of inside twisting action
5.99 $5.99
12/Set
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Crayola® Short Barrel Colored Pencils, Assorted Colors, 12/Box
Item : 508982 / Model : 68-4112
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  • Thick 3.3mm lead
  • Bright colors provides smooth, scratch free laydown
  • 12 assorted colors
2.79 $2.79
12/Box
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Crayola® Washable Dry-Erase Crayons, Assorted, 8/Pack
Item : 833842 / Model : 98-5200
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  • Color: Black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red, yellow
  • Crayon size : 5" x 9/16"
  • Size group: Large
6.99 $6.99
8/Box
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Crayola® Crayons Classpack®, 16 Colors, 800/Box
Item : 430748 / Model : 52-8016
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  • Allows entire classroom to draw, create and color
  • Create brilliant creations with this classpack
  • More intense hues and truer colors, inspiring students with the colors that correspond to their ideas
64.99 $64.99
800/Carton
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Crayola Twistables 18ct Colored Pencils, Assorted (BIN687409)
Item : 23976880 / Model : BIN687409
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  • Colored Pencils
  • 30ct Twistable Colored Pencils
  • Color pencils are made from a sturdy plastic barrel protects the pencil inside.
8.99 $8.99
30/Box
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Sakura® 0.2 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item : 300220 / Model : 30064
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  • 0.2 mm tip
  • Black, red, blue, green, brown, purple
  • Suitable for acid free environments, archival quality, and pH neutral
14.29 $14.29
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Art1st® Lightweight Drawing Paper, Manila 50 Sheets (PAC103194)
Item : 1824247 / Model : PAC103194
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  • Manila Paper for Drawing & Sketching
  • Film wrapped package with retail-friendly topsheet.
  • Rough surface paper is ideal for scribbles and rubbings.
23.79 $23.79
5/Bundle
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Sargent Art® Watercolor Pencils, 12/Box
Item : 274478 / Model : SAR227204
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  • Size: 7" L with 33 mm thick leads
  • Non-toxic and safe for young children or older artists to use
  • Richly pigmented watercolor pencils for art and craft projects at home or in the classroom
6.29 $6.29
12/Box
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Sennelier Oil Pastel Sets Iridescent Colors
Item : 1716823 / Model : 73703
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  • Originally developed in collaboration with Picasso in the 1940s
  • Creamy, lipstick-like pastels are rich in pigment, cover well, and have outstanding opacity and lightfastness
  • May be thinned with turpentine and worked with a brush
50.89 $50.89
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